Tonight is Stage 16, Pau > Bagnères-de-Luchon, 197 km
“Pau, a stronghold? Pau, a strategic place? On today’s menu, a 197 km classic succession of great Pyrenean cols: the Aubisque, Tourmalet, Col d’Aspin and Peyresourde. As Christian Prudhomme said, a mere four days from the finish, this stage will turn the thumbscrews on the peloton! Moreover, such a course is exactly my idea of a true mountain stage: not with a summit finish, which tends to lock up the race a bit, but an up-and-down course which calls for a mastery of all aspects of cycling. Two years ago, Andy Schleck vacillated somewhat on the descents…” — Jean-Francios Pescheux Analysis
- Stage 16 preview: Pau → Bagnères-de-Luchon, 197 km (Mountain) [SteepHill]
- Pau >> Bagnères-de-Luchon, Stage 16 (197 km) [SBS Cycling Central]
- July 18, Stage 16: Pau – Bagnères-de-Luchon 197km [CyclingNews]
- 16th Stage – Wednesday 18 July 2012 Pau > Bagnères-de-Luchon – 197 km [EuroSport]
- 2012 Tour de France LIVE – Stage 16 [Cycling Fans]
- stage 16 – Pau / Bagnères-de-Luchon, 197 km [www.letour.fr]
- Stage 16: Pau > Bagnères-de-Luchon [les vaches du tour]
- SBS 2012 Tour Tracker [SBS]
- Tour de France – Samatan – Pau “live match” [Eurosports]
- stage 16 – Pau / Bagnères-de-Luchon, 197 km “live” [www.letour.fr]
Stage 16 results
01 VOECKLER, Thomas FRA (EUROPCAR) 5:35:02
02 SÖRENSEN, Chris Anker DEN (SAXO BANK-TINKOFF BANK) + 1:40
03 IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, Gorka ESP (EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI) + 3:22
04 VINOKUROV, Alexandr KAZ (ASTANA)
05 FEILLU, Brice FRA (SAUR-SOJASUN) + 3:58
06 VOIGT, Jens GER (RADIOSHACK-NISSAN) + 4:18
07 MARTIN, Daniel IRL (GARMIN-SHARP) + 6:08
08 STORTONI, Simone ITA (LAMPRE-ISD)
09 CARUSO, Giampaolo ITA (KATUSHA)
10 TEN DAM, Laurens NED (RABOBANK) + 6:11
GC after Stage 16
01 WIGGINS, Bradley GBR (SKY PROCYCLING) 74:15:32
02 FROOME, Christopher GBR (SKY PROCYCLING) + 2:05
03 NIBALI, Vincenzo ITA (LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE) + 2:23
04 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen BEL (LOTTO BELISOL) + 5:46
05 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, Haimar ESP (RADIOSHACK-NISSAN) + 7:13
06 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay USA (BMC RACING) + 7:55
07 EVANS, Cadel AUS (BMC RACING) + 8:06
08 BRAJKOVIC, Janez SLO (ASTANA) + 9:09
09 ROLLAND, Pierre FRA (EUROPCAR) + 10:10
10 PINOT, Thibaut FRA (FDJ-BIG MAT) + 11:43
French favourite Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) added a second stage win to his 2012 Tour de France account with a masterful performance in stage 16, 197km from Pau to Bagnères-de-Luchon. The 33-year-old Frenchman emerged from a massive 38-rider early break to solo to victory on a legendary Pyrenean parcours, taking in the Col d’Aubisque, Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aspin and Col de Peyresourde, and arrived at the finish with a 1:40 lead over former breakaway companion Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank).
Gorka Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi) outsprinted Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) for third, 3:22 behind Voeckler.
Cadel Evans admitted his hopes of defending his 2011 Tour de France crown were now over following a crippling performance on the race’s 16th stage on Wednesday.
Evans (BMC Racing), Australia’s first Tour champion, began the penultimate mountain stage in fourth overall, 3:19 behind Bradley Wiggins (Sky).
At the end of the 197km stage from Pau to Bagnères-de-Luchon, which took in four major climbs, the BMC team leader added nearly eight minutes to his deficit.
He is now seventh overall at 8:06 behind Wiggins.
Evans, usually one of the strongest riders in the peloton on the tough climbs of the Tour, began trailing by the third climb of the day.
“I had a few stomach issues before the race and when you have that two hours before there’s not a lot you can do,” said Evans. “I didn’t think it would affect me in the race but obviously that’s not my normal level and it’s pretty much the Tour de France over for me.”
Tonight’s drink is the 2006 Producteurs Plaimont Les Vignes Retrouvées, Saint Mont.
#lvdt Stage 16: Round-up
The #TrollDJ list from Stage 16;
♫ Manfred Mann – I’ve Got My Mojo Working ~ “I’ve got my mojo” an ode to Voeckler’s tongue?
♫ The Living End – The Ending is Just the Beginning ~ “We’re getting tired of waiting” ..
♫ Eskimo Joe – Foreign Land ~ “I smell the blood” Big George’s rolling repairs
♫ The Spenser Davis Group – Every little bit hurts ~ … and Cadel is dropped
♫ Frank Stallone – Far From Over ~ “Back in the race … because I am getting closer” Voeckler has the vert, the stage?
♫ Eels – Your Lucky Day in Hell ~ “this could be your lucky day in hell” another mountain stage completed
♫ Placebo – Running Up That Hill ~ “be running up that road, running up that hill” closing montage